1. Fairtrade – one of the best known certificates in ethical fashion industry. It is given by the Fair Trade International organization and the certification process is executed by FLO-CERT. which is an independent certification unit. Fairtrade certificate can be earned by producers (exporters), importers and manufacturers of fair trade products. In order to receive the certificate for an item, it has to be taken under inspection throughout all production levels.
Fairtrade certificate means the following
the product has a fair price;
producers’ trading practices are based on transparency and respect;
workers get sustainable salaries for their work and are offered good social conditions;
the producers’ organization is ruled democratically;
strongly producers’ independence is promoted;
certificate is given for one, specific product and not for all production within the company.
2.Oeko-Tex® Standard 100–it was initiated by Österreichische Textil-Forschungsinstitut (ÖTI) and Forschungsinstitut Hohenstein. It is world’s widely known sign of safety for textiles. Certified products are free from harmful for human amounts of toxic substances like pesticides, chlorophenols, formaldehyde, allergenic and forbidden pigments and heavy metals.
3. Peta Approved Vegan – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization working for animal rights. Besides its educational and promotional activity it started its own certification system for products free from animal components and not tested on animals (vegan products).
4. Vegan Society - this certificate guarantees that a product neither was tested on animals nor it includes any animal components. The certification includes the product, its components and a production process. It is given for one product and not for all production within the company.
4.Fair Wear Foundation – it is international initiative gathering companies, factories, non-governmental organizations and trade unions, aiming for supervision of clothing and fabrics production. Factories supervised by FWF are obligated to specific, social standards like suitable salaries for workers, no child or forced labor, stable workplace and working hours guaranteed by employment contract as well as equality and respect for all workers. As you can see – products that are certified with FWF certificate have to be produced with full respect for workers’ rights.
5. GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard is a certificate for fabrics and clothing including all production process of each final product. It was founded by International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (IWG), which is a group gathering European, USA and Japanese organizations and is certifying products made from organic, environmentally friendly fabrics. GOTS certificate specifies environmental care and social conditions across all the supply chain. GOTS certified products contain at least 70% of organic fibers. All chemicals used at the production process meet strict environmental and toxicological criteria.